Putin: FIFA corruption scandal unrelated to 2018 World Cup in Russia

Recent corruption scandal in the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) following the arrest of the football organization’s high-ranking officials has nothing to do with Russia’s hosting the 2018 World Cup, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Recent corruption scandal in the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) following the arrest of the football organization’s high-ranking officials has nothing to do with Russia’s hosting the 2018 World Cup, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

"It has nothing to do with us," Putin told journalists.

An unprecedented corruption scandal flared up in FIFA on Wednesday morning as seven of the organization’s high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland on bribery, money laundering and corruption charges. The arrests of the seven FIFA top officials were made by the Swiss police at the request from the US authorities and they are now facing extradition to the United States.

FIFA plunged into the corruption scandal on the eve of the organization’s annual congress in Zurich on May 28-29 with current president Sepp Blatter expected to be re-elected on Friday for another four-year term.

"We wish the current president [Sepp Blatter] all the success in the election," he added.

Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup over four years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in 11 cities, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

First published by TASS.

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